Magdeline Aagard

Academic Coordinator
College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
Ph.D. Health Services

Dr. Aagard joined Walden in November, 2013 as contributing faculty and became core faculty in 2015. In 2019 she was promoted to senior core faculty, then took on the role of Residency Coordinator. She has been mentoring dissertation students as a Chair, committee member and URR since she started with Walden. Dr. Aagard had the good fortune to work with a student who won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for her study on, "A Qualitative Analysis of Migrant Women Farmworkers’ Perceptions of Maternal Care Management." Dr. Aagard is enjoying coordinating and attending residencies, both face-to-face and virtual.
Dr. Aagard's undergraduate degrees are in nursing and public health nursing. Her graduate degrees are in business, with a focus in healthcare administration and her doctorate is in educational leadership. Dr. Aagard's dissertation was focused on the successful implementation of Western healthcare programs in indigenous cultures in Tanzania. Dr. Aagard's international work continued with the development of a community assessment module for a global health program in Amsterdam with colleagues at the Hogeschool von Amsterdam, where she was a visiting lecturer for 8 years. She has also taught in Liberia, and coordinated graduate nursing student experiences in Namibia, Bolivia, and on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in SD. Dr. Aagard recently published research from an international collaborative study on the enactment of compassion by nursing and midwifery leaders, as well as the results of the survey of barriers to adult access to cancer care in the Northern Zone of Tanzania. In addition to continuing research on access to cancer care in Tanzania, Dr. Aagard is currently working with colleagues at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, interviewing individuals who are homeless and living in the tent encampments in the City of Minneapolis about their experiences of health, wellbeing, and home. Dr.Aagard presents nationally and internationally on her research, as well as her program development work in developing countries.
Dr. Aagard is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and has served as a grant reviewer and as the local chapter President. She is a member of APHA's international health interest group. She also serves as a peer reviewer for the International Council of Nurses journal and ORCID journal reviewers.

Courses Taught

HLTH 8551 - Preparing for the Dissertation


EdD, University of St. Thomas

Master's in Business, University of St. Thomas

Public Service

Zeta Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Board of Directors - MINNEAPOLIS

Minneapolis Uptown Rotary, Member - MINNEAPOLIS

Awards / Honors

Bernard L. Turner Award, Walden University, 2015

Lilly Faculty Development Grant, Augsburg College, 2009


Aagard, M., Irena, P., A, Z., Christina, K., Sheila, A. (2016). International study of nurses’ views and experiences of compassion. International Nursing Review

Aagard, M., Papadopolous, I., G, T., Sheila, A. (2015). Exploring Nurses’ Meaning and Experiences of Compassion: An International Online Survey Involving 15 Countries. Journal of Transcultural Nursing

Aagard, M. C., Irena, P., Jessica, B. (2018). Exploring compassion in nursing: US qualitative research results from the international research study. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing

Mshana, H. Y., Cullen, C. B., Aagard, M. C. Community Private-Pubic Partnership Synergy. Journal of Social Change

Aagard, M., Valerie, H., Nathan, R., Ronald, R. (2016). Adopting Innovative Cardiovascular Models to Succeed Under Value Based Care. Physician Leadership Journal

Aagard, M. (2009). Cardiac Care Teams: A Collaborative Practice Model with Non-Physician Providers. AAMA Executive Online

Aagard, M. C. (2009). A Brighter Future. Advance for Long-Term Care Management

Aagard, M. (2009). Nursing Bricolage in Twenty-first Century Tanzania: How Two Healthcare Programs Incorporated Tribal Culture, Western Medicine and Evangelism.


Aagard, M. C. (2015). Transforming the Health Care Workforce in Liberia through Innovative Nursing Education, Leadership and Exemplars from the Ebola Epidemic. Sigma Theta Tau International

Aagard, M. (2017). Exploring compassion in nursing: US qualitative research results from the international research study. International Council of Nurses

Aagard, M. (2017). Assuring Access to Cancer Care in Tanzania: Developing the Cancer Care Center in the Kilimanjaro Region. International Council of Nurses

Aagard, M. C. (2016). Empowering the Maasai in Northern Tanzania to Improve their Health. Walden University